January 13, 2021: COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 13, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-three people have recovered, one person has died and there are six active cases. We have tested 6,130 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

A second shipment of 7,200 Moderna vaccines will arrive on January 14. As of yesterday, 685 residents and staff in long-term care homes had received their first dose of the vaccine. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Some Yukoners can begin registering for COVID-19 vaccinations online starting today by going to yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot. Mobile vaccine clinics will be in Watson Lake on January 18, Beaver Creek on January 21 and Old Crow on January 22. Vaccinations will also begin in Whitehorse on January 18 for select groups. For these first weeks in Whitehorse, immunizations will be available to:

  • high risk health care workers who may care for or be in contact with COVID-19 patients;
  • older adults (starting with 70 years and older); and
  • people who are marginalized and living in group settings like the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter and Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

Beginning Thursday, January 14, appointments can be booked by calling 1-877-374-0425. Immunization times and locations will be updated regularly on Yukon.ca.

COVID-19 vaccines are not currently approved for children or recommended for pregnant people. After receiving the vaccine Yukoners must continue following health measures, such as wearing a mask.

COVID-19 testing schedule 

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre in Whitehorse is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday. The drive-thru testing centre in Whitehorse is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, except for statutory holidays.

Those experiencing severe symptoms and requiring immediate assistance can go to the Whitehorse General Hospital Emergency Department, a community hospital or a health centre.

From Thursday, January 7, to Wednesday, January 13, there were 59 people tested at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre and drive-thru testing locations in Whitehorse.

Enforcement statistics

The Government of Yukon has received 1,317 complaints as of January 12:

  • Failure to self-isolate: 733
  • Gatherings over 10 inside or 50 outside: 35
  • Failure to transit through Yukon in 24 hours or stay on their designated route: 422
  • Businesses failing to comply with orders: 14
  • Failure to abide by declaration form or were not permitted entry into Yukon: 18
  • Failure to wear a mask: 61

There have been a total of 39 charges and 32 people charged under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA), including 3 new charges since the last COVID-19 update on January 7.

New CEMA charges:  

  • Failure to self-isolate: 1
  • Failure to wear a mask: 2

Number of total incoming travellers: 67,490

  • Resident travellers: 18,114
  • BC residents: 15,419
  • NWT residents: 506
  • Other approved jurisdictions: 339
  • Non-residents staying: 11,609
  • Non-residents transiting: 21,407
  • Other: 99
  • Decals distributed indicating out-of-territory vehicles allowed in Yukon: 363

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services

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